Close Call For Naperville Student A Reminder About Rail Safety

Nancy Harty
September 28, 2018 - 9:02 pm
Metra Rail Car

Metra Rail Car (WBBM Newsradio/Bob Roberts)


(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Metra is working to educate teens about the dangers of railroad tracks, after a Naperville high school student was nearly hit by a train Sept. 21. 

In the first confusing minutes last Friday around 6:30 p.m., passengers on BNSF train #1277 thought they had hit someone just west of the Naperville station. 

Naperville police say several young people were filming a school project on the bridge over the DuPage River when one of them fell into the river about thirty feet below.

In a statement to WBBM, they said: “The wind caused by a passing train blew one victim -- a 16-year-old female -- over the edge of the bridge.”

She was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Metra spokeswoman Meg Reile said being on the tracks is dangerous, even for their specially trained employees. They always assign someone as a lookout when they're working on the tracks.

Metra officials plan to talk to students at Naperville Central High School as soon as possible, Reile said.

This week is national Rail Safety Week, and Metra says there have already been 13 people killed on their tracks so far this year.

BNSF owns the tracks and would be the one to issue any tickets or press charges.

A spokesman says their police department is investigating the incident.